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Easywalker Duo v’s Baby Jogger City Elite Double

This set of photographs shows the Easywalker Duo side by side with the Baby Jogger City Elite Double.

At first glance these two pushchairs are very similar. They are side by sides, with good sized seats, large hoods, a basket, chunky off road swivel wheels and more.

Size: The Elite is slightly taller when the hoods are open. The Elite is a little longer and 0.5cms wider.

Fabrics: The Easywalker has the better quality fabric – a hard wearing canvas type – whereas the Elite has more of a nylon feel fabric in most places. However the Baby Jogger is probably easier to clean.

Child Comfort: Both pushchairs offer excellent padding in the seats. The Elite is probably a little more padded.

Seat Recline: The Easywalker has only three seating positions – upright, partial recline, lie flat recline. This is achieved using two sets of zips which are a little fiddly especially if you are reclining both seats to flat. The outer zips aren’t too bad but I found getting the zip to the bottom of the seat (they have to be right down to recline properly), and then finding the zip later to pull back up was difficult in the dark between the two seats! The Elite has a one handed toggle recline which means that you can recline the seat to any angle between upright and lie flat. It takes two hands to pull it back up again. But it is simple and easy. The seat units on both pushchairs are suitable from birth.

Carrycots & Car Seats: The Easywalker can take two carrycots and also two car seats. However the Elite can not fit either carrycots or car seats. It is possible to put a soft cot into the Elite as a parent facing carrycot option. The Easywalker car seat adaptors are quite tricky to do and are wobbly until the car seat is put in place.

Basket: The Easywalker has two relatively small baskets underneath the pushchair. They have a handy zippered gusset which makes accessing them much easier especially when the seats are reclined. The Elite has one large basket with reasonably good access from the top, sides and also via the lift up kicker board below each seat.

Storage Pockets: The Elite has a huge amount of additional storage which includes mesh pockets on the back of the seats and a double parent console which has 12 pockets for all your bits and pieces. The Easywalker has a large fabric pocket on the back of each seat.

Hoods: Both pushchairs have large hoods. However the front part of the Easywalker is a fabric sun visor and annoyingly drops down every time you open the hood. Overall the Elite has a better hood.

Handling: Both pushchairs handle very well with a toddler and baby on board.  Both are comfortable to push with an adjustable handle to find the perfect height for you.

Brake: The Elite has a handy handbrake whereas the Easywalker has a footbrake.

Tyres: The Easywalker has pneumatic air tyres. The Elite has ‘forever air’ tyres so should need no maintenance.

Fold: I found the Easywalker hard to fold but the Elite is extremely simple using the standard Baby Jogger ‘grab the handles and pull’ method! The Easywalker however is neater when folded, but we have been storing the Elite sucessfully by simply popping off the two back wheels which makes everything sit neater.

Which would Best Buggy choose?: Honestly these two are very evenly matched as far as pushchairs go. I absolutely love the styling of the Easywalker plus it weighs a bit less and is a little smaller when open and closed. The Easywalker also has the carrycot and car seat option by removing the fabric & adding brackets. But I found the Elite more straightforward and easier to use eg seat recline, brake, hoods, wheel lock, adjustable handle, and of course the easy fold with tons of storage.





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  1. Nigel

    Good review, just like to add the new 2011 EasyWalker Duo Plus is a little lighter and a more compact fold due to the center spring being removed. Also the fabric is a better spec and the ali tube is now oval (note the carry cots and car seat adaptors are not inter changeable on the pre Plus/Plus models)

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